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TBT: Looking Back at Earlier Project Photos

What are those things floating in the river? Debris? No, those are piles, and the story that day (June 2014 media tour) was pile cleansing: scooping out the muck prior to filling them with concrete and rebar (reinforced steel).

Did you notice the super crane is on the south side of the bridge? It had recently arrived at the project site, where crews waited for low tide a few days later before limbo-ing it under the current bridge.

Blue jump forms will help build the main span’s 419-foot towers./Photo: NYSTA

Oh my, how tiny it looks at ground level. This is from early September 2015, when crews began building those now-419-foot tall towers using self-climbing jump forms. Are those cartoon heads in the red truck?

Here’s a memory from days gone by, when tolls were 50 cents each way. One-way collection was adopted August 12, 1970, and toll booths on the northbound lanes were removed.

And guess what? We made it through the Ides of March. Ha!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Connecting Rockland Approach, a fifth Gantry and ongoing Main Span Channel Closures

Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse seen from the new bridge’s westbound span/© Janie Rosman 2016

Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse seen from the new bridge’s westbound span/© Janie Rosman 2016

Since media were invited onto the new westbound span, crews connected the Westchester approach and the main span, the Rockland approach and the main span are being connected, and there will soon be a fifth overhead gantry. Did we miss the fourth?


Tha main span navigation channel continues to be closed periodically until next December. While boaters may be pleased to hear this, I’d like to enjoy the spring, summer and fall before winter comes around again.

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I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Aftermath of That Morning in December 2014

View from the EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown December 16 at 9:15 a.m.

Sometimes you follow your gut, and the resistance you encounter tells you you’re onto something, so you push harder. I FOILed the Thruway Authority shortly after the batch plant accident more than two years ago and was consistently stalled.

View from the EarthCam® construction camera in Tarrytown December 16 at 9:30 a.m.

What the agency gave me was five internal emails from TZC stating an incident happened, and no one was hurt. Thankfully. My FOIL request ended with a project official calling me “to tidy things up,” after which the Thruway Authority’s legal department told me it considered the matter closed.

Really? Here’s what I recently found that confirmed I was on the right track.

Concrete Silo Collapse By Jenna Ebersole

Law360, Washington (January 7, 2016, 8:19 PM EST) — The contractor replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York sued two companies based in Wisconsin and Switzerland Thursday in New York federal court, accusing them of shoddy work that led to the collapse of silos on a concrete plant mounted to a marine barge in the Hudson River in 2014.

Tappan Zee Constructors LLC said Maxon Industries Inc. and X-Tec Swiss AG designed and constructed defective silos, seeking at least $25.7 million for higher costs as a result, including labor, equipment and other construction costs. The group said that the silos on one barge that collapsed in December 2014 were defective and that the constructors discovered similar defects with the second plant.

“Defendants’ acts or omissions to act, including their deficient and inadequate structural design of the silos in accordance with the applicable silo-design code service loads, and their failure to construct hopper and vertical wall steel plating thickness in accordance with X-Tec’s own fabrication shop drawings, caused the collapse,” the group said.

The constructors said they signed an agreement in May 2013 with Maxon for two batch plants, including the silos, after coming to an agreement on two new bridge structures over the Hudson between Rockland County and Westchester County. Maxon then entered an agreement with X-Tec for certain designs, the group said.

“Maxon and X-Tec knew that the batch plants were to be mounted on marine barges and used on the Hudson River,” Tappan Zee Constructors said.

Maxon was [nearly one year] late on a promised Aug. 1, 2013, supplying of the plants, the constructors said, but they were used as intended until the collapse of one silo [December 2014], which pulled down two adjacent silos. The group then discovered defects with both plants, the constructors said.

The complaint said the constructors group “was compelled to stop using the batch plants and required to materially alter its concrete operations until it determined and effectuated appropriate modifications and repairs to the batch plants and obtained a third batch plant to supplement its operations.”

The group alleges breach of contract, negligence and malpractice, among other claims.

“Defendants acted negligently and breached their duty of care by, among other things, providing an inadequate structural design of the silos under applicable silo-design code service loads,” the constructors said.

Representatives for the parties could not immediately be reached for comment late Thursday.

The constructors group includes Fluor Enterprises Inc., American Bridge Company, Granite Construction Northeast Inc.and Traylor Bros. Inc. in a joint venture, according to its website.

Tappan Zee Constructors is represented by Paul Monte of Peckar & Abramson PC.

Counsel information for Maxon Industries and X-Tec Swiss was not immediately available Thursday.

The case is Tappan Zee Constructors LLC v. Maxon Industries Inc. and X-Tec Swiss AG, case number 1:16-cv-00126, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

–Editing by Patricia K. Cole

Reprinted from

TBT: Two Years Before the Towers’ Completion

This little guy is smiling because he completed the Tower Crane Challenge at the Outreach Centers. I’m smiling because my hunch about something was correct: while I surmised the Thruway Authority wanted to dissuade me from learning what happened two Decembers earlier, another reporter did.

Photo courtesy New York State Thruway Authority.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Super Crane: an award-winning Rock Star


We know it as the I Lift NY that saved New York State $1 billion, one factor that distinguished design-build team Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) from its two bidding competitors.

Did you know the Left Coast Lifter also won an award?

Union County College (New Jersey) Professor Will Van Dorp wrote about the super crane that holds rock-star-like awe for kids at educational outreach presentations:

“The crane arrived in Oakland in 2009 from Shanghai, China. For the 6200-mile Pacific crossing, the crane traveled on the deck of a heavy-lift ship called Zhenhua 22. Heavy-lift ships like Zhenhua 22 are partially sunk for loading and offloading so that cargo can be floated off or on.

A Shanghai company called ZPMC collaborated with several US companies to build this crane for a cost of approximately $50 million. Noteworthy is the fact that the barge that supports the crane was built in Portland, OR, on the Columbia River and transported to China for the crane to be mounted.

Although the I Lift NY has tremendous lifting capacity, it is by no means the largest floating crane in the world. Currently that title goes to cranes like Thialf and Saipem 7000, which can lift 14,000 tons or more.”

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After leaving Oakland days before Christmas 2013 — escorted by tugboats Lauren Foss and Iver Foss — it arrived about six weeks later at a private facility in Jersey City and made its debut at the project site in early October 2014.

Crane clears the Tappan Zee Bridge/© Janie Rosman 2014

Crane clears the Tappan Zee Bridge/© Janie Rosman 2014

After doing a cool limbo maneuver under the bridge — aided by extra low tide that added an extra foot or two of clearance — two days after its arrival, the mammoth crane with super strength and no navigational power of its own has been helping build the bridge from its perch on a 384-foot barge.

With the first span set to open sometime next year, it’s been busy and so have the tugboats moving and positioning it.

Moored via spuds (parking brakes)/© Janie Rosman 2014

Moored via spuds (parking brakes)/© Janie Rosman 2014

Running on Windows 7, the I Lift NY has the latest software and hardware and a flat panel touch screen.

Anchored by spuds (like parking brakes) that are plunged 60 to 70 feet into mud (depending upon floor elevation), it has neither a steering system nor is it self-propelled. Rather, anchors running out 600 feet from the sides maneuver it once the spuds are pulled up, and its power comes from three diesel-powered main generators and one auxiliary generator.

“It will take a little time, anchor tests will be scheduled during the next two weeks,” things unseen that are necessary to get the crane to work, Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC (TZC) construction manager Ro DiNardo said prior to its first placement.

Fast forward: the super crane is installing road deck on the eastbound Rockland approach, and the first span will open sometime next year.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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